Bacon & mushroom pasta

Bacon & mushroom pasta

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins Ready in 25 minutes


Serves 4
A simple one-pan pasta dish with bacon, mushrooms and pesto - ready in under 30 minutes

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal567
  • fat20g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs78g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre4g
  • protein23g
  • salt1.41g
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  • 400g penne (or other tube shape) pasta
  • 250g pack chestnut or button mushrooms, wiped clean
  • 8 rashers streaky bacon



    Bacon is pork that has been cured one of two ways: dry or wet. It can be bought as both rashers…

  • 4 tbsp pesto (fresh from the chiller cabinet if possible)



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • 200ml carton 50% fat crème fraîche
  • handful basil leaves


  1. Cook the pasta in boiling water in a large non-stick saucepan according to pack instructions. Meanwhile, slice the mushrooms and snip the bacon into bite-size pieces with scissors or a sharp knife.

  2. Reserve a few drops of the cooking water in a cup or bowl, then drain the pasta and set aside. Fry the bacon and mushrooms in the same pan until golden, about 5 mins. Keep the heat high so the mushrooms fry in the bacon fat, rather than sweat.

  3. Tip the pasta and reserved water back into the pan and stir over the heat for 1 min. Take the pan off the heat, spoon in the pesto and crème fraîche and most of the basil and stir to combine. Sprinkle with the remaining basil to serve.

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Comments (120)

cablecar123's picture

Really easy and tasty. I used red pesto. Even managed to create it on a camping stove on the beach!

tallulahp's picture

This is so easy to do and so tasty. But I think the measurements of bacon and mushrooms are mean for 4 people! Maybe I'm piggy but I like lots of mushrooms!!

Clovecooks's picture

I was delighted to see that this recipe could be made dairyfree. HA HA!!
Pesto contains parmesan so using it to replace creme fraiche is not going to help. A lovely recipe to make when my daughter is not here, though.

jennlx's picture

Tasty - took a long time for the bacon and mushrooms to cook together, so will do separately next time.

michelle_30's picture

Made this tonight for tea, quick easy and tasty but quite salty I guess due to the bacon!! Would prob make again, especially If in a hurry.

salisali's picture

Nice and quick, very simple but wasnt the most exciting dish x

hattiem123's picture

Just loved this recipe so easy to make and tasted wonderful. In addition to the above, to start we fried off a red chilli and garlic in a little olive oil and added some cherry tomatoes when cooking the bacon and mushrooms, finally topped it off with some grated parmesan cheese when ready to serve - really, really good!

afflicks's picture

I also added some plum tomatoes, lovely great for pack lunch next day.

ihatecooking1's picture

YUM!! Use a 1/4 of a cup of the pasta water - 175g Crete Fraiche and the 4tsp of pesto - I always use Green (basil) pesto and it comes out creamy all the pasta coated but not sticky!
I have a fussy 12 year old and he just ate the whole lot of what I dished up for him - I'm surprised !! Lol

fiona_o81's picture

Absolutely delicious. Can't wait to have this again. Just used a jar of cheap red pesto and a decent sized dollop of creme fraîche (not too much though - I don't actually like the taste of creme fraîche) and it was perfect. Quick, cheap, easy and yummy.

amandapepper's picture

SO simple, so quick and delicious.

worstchef's picture

As my name suggests i'm not only a new cook but quite rubbish also... i sort of hashed this together last night with the right ingredients but got a bit excited at the end and may have just sploshed all the creme fraiche i had (a small organic pot was like 89p) and all of my fresh pesto.

It looked alright and quite like the pictures but tasted a bit funky...
it was alright but a bit sour tasting did i do to much or too little of the creme fraiche or the pesto it was all new ingredients.

melissasilcock12's picture

i love this recipe i gave it to my daughter because she love pasta and she said she would like it again.

darrenharris7's picture

Quick easy supper....will add pomodoro tomatoes next time.

ah1976's picture

A very quick & tastey meal.

vanessa2012's picture

I Loved it! so easy to make and such a light and fresh dish! Thank You

laura_mac18's picture

Nice but go easy on the creme fraiche and the pesto, I was a bit heavy handed and it made it a bit too rich.

fatbelly33's picture

A really nice & easy supper or tea in a hurry. We made it as per instructions and it tasted really good.

joots16's picture

Excellent result and easy to do. Even the fussiest eaters in the family enjoyed it.

sandrad60's picture

Absolutely lovely. Have made similar before but this turned out better. Added a chopped shallot and garlic, and some parsley at the end. Used excess liquid from frying bacon and mushrooms as well as the pasta water which made it quite light and tasty. Will do again.


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